When my son was barely able to talk, he called pancakes, pan-a-cakes. I made pancake time more special by making Mickey Mouse pancakes for the kids, pouring two small circles of batter for the ears connected to one larger one for the head. Pretty simple to do, and the kids loved it.
Years rolled by, and our son went off to college at the Air Force Academy. Honoring his dream to fly jets, I revised the shape of the pancakes when he came home for visits. I drizzled the batter into the shape of an F-16 fighter. The first time I made one, I told him what it was just in case he had any doubt.
I thought I was quite talented until he started flying B-52s. Do you know how long those wings are? The jet filled up the whole frying pan, and when I flipped it, the wings broke off. We had a good laugh out of that, and he ate it anyway. (I tried making one again, but scaled down the wings. See below.)
When my first grandchild was big enough to ask for pan-a-cakes, I went back to the Mickey Mouse shape. One day I tried making a monster truck pancake. He was favorably impressed. He picked it up and bit off a chunk. “Look, Grandma. Now it’s a motorcycle!”
A couple of years later when bats became his favorite animal, he asked me to make a bat pancake. I tried it, but it took some imagination to recognize the bat shape. A couple of weeks ago I tried my hand at pancake art, but I’m a little rusty. The pancake below was supposed to be a bat, but it looks more like a car to me.
You should definitely try this at home. The kids will love eating the pictures you create.
This post is part of my 31 Days of Family Joy series linking with http://www.thenester.com